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World Languages and Cultures

As an eighth grader, Berwick Academy language students begin the second half of the Beginning/Level I curriculum. Like in seventh grade, there is a major review of concepts from the previous year in order to accommodate new students to Berwick Academy. These concepts are continually reinforced throughout the eighth grade year.
Beyond the fundamentals of learning a language, teachers find innovative ways to blend diversity, culture, art, creativity, travel, media literacy, history, and project-based learning into the curriculum. Returning students begin the year at a Novice Mid-High proficiency level on the ACTFL scale. By the end of the eighth grade year, students are consistently performing at Novice High in all four skill areas and are developmentally ready to move into the Intermediate level upon entering the Upper School.

Click here to view the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines
Click here to view the ACTFL Proficiency Levels
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Berwick Academy

Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves.